April A to Z: G is for Gobshite (caution: language may offend)


By Niall McArdle

A2Z-BADGE-0002014-small_zps8300775cToday’s A to Z Post is about how to insult someone in Ireland. Before the insults begin, check out some other A to Z bloggers like A Writer’s Journey and Falling Pennies.

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter G.

G is for … Gobshite

gobshite-1537980“Gobshite” is a marvellously useful Irish insult, meaning either “a person who engages in nonsensical chatter” or “a person of poor judgement”. A group of such people is commonly referred to as “a shower of gobshites”.

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It’s much stronger than the word “eejit”.

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If you’ve been to Ireland, you’ve probably heard it used, in both a serious and a joking way (it is very often used affectionately between friends).

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I didn’t think I’d ever hear the word outside of Ireland or Britain, but apparently there is a Celtic Punk band in Boston called The Gobshites.

1383597_10152334169440460_1478728507_nG is also for “geebag’, a highly-offensive term that loosely translates as “douchebag”. It derives from gee, an Irish slang word for vagina. The word “gee” would never be used in polite conversation: there was much merriment back home last week over this advert for Tide laundry detergent.

 Tomorrow’s A to Z post will be gobshite-free.

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10 thoughts on “April A to Z: G is for Gobshite (caution: language may offend)

  1. U2 again! Come on Niall, I expect more of you, than those Gobshites.
    Let’s see a post without Bono- please! I know it is hard, when you are Irish…
    Best wishes as always, Pete.

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